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Barracuda Championship

June 30th – July 3rd, 2016

Montreux G. & C.C.

Reno, NV

Par: 72 / Yardage:

Purse: $3.2 Million

with $576,000 to the winner

Defending Champion:
J.J. Henry

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

There is nobody in the top-50 of the world rankings playing in Lake Tahoe.  The field includes 2 players in the top 100 in the latest Official World Rankings, #65 Gary Woodland & #77 Brendan Steele.

Here are the 26 players that are between 101 and 200 in the rankings: #101 Colt Knost, #104 John Senden, #106 Bryce Molder, #107 Kyle Reifers, #112 Cameron Tringale, #114 Chez Reavie, #123 Ben Martin, #128 Jonas Blixt, #140 Alex Cejka, #145 Cameron Smith, #146 Siwoo Kim, #147 Patrick Rodgers, #152 Thomas Aiken, #155 Will Wilcox, #165 Hiroshi Iwata, #168 Sunghoon Kang, #170 Zac Blair, #173 Chris Stroud, #196 Martin Piller and #198 John Huh.

The field includes three players in the top-50 on the FedEx point standings for 2016.  The highest rank player is #42 Kyle Reifers, followed by #45 Colt Knost and #50 Brendan Steele..

The field includes nobody in the top-50 on this year’s PGA Tour money list. The highest rank player is #51 Colt Knost.

The field includes eight past champions: J.J. Henry (2015 & ’12), Geoff Ogilvy (2014), Gary Woodland (2013); Matt Bettencourt (2010), John Rollins (2009), Parker McLachlin (2008), Steve Flesch (2007) and Will MacKenzie (2006)..

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the Barracuda Championship field is our performance chart listed by average finish.  Another way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at the Barracuda Championship field in the last five years or check out our sortable 8-year glance at the Barracuda Championship field.

A good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

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Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the Barracuda Championship

Player Quicken Loans BMW Inter. U.S. Open FedEx St. Jude Lyoness Open Memorial Nordea Masters Dean & DeLuca Irish Open BMW PGA AT&T Nelson The Players Wells Fargo
Jon Rahm
(144 pts)
T3
(90)
DNP T23
(54)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Colt Knost
(133.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP T18
(32)
DNP DNP DNP T67
(0)
DNP DNP T4
(53.33)
T3
(45)
T41
(3)
Gary Woodland
(117.33 pts)
T21
(29)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T4
(53.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T12
(25.33)
T28
(11)
T24
(8.67)
Brendan Steele
(113 pts)
T39
(11)
DNP T15
(70)
DNP DNP T20
(20)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T57
(0)
T14
(12)
Robert Garrigus
(111.67 pts)
T8
(50)
DNP DNP T50
(1)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T4
(53.33)
DNP T28
(7.33)
Kyle Reifers
(92.33 pts)
T44
(6)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T20
(20)
DNP 5
(46.67)
DNP DNP T10
(26.67)
T64
(0)
T41
(3)
Andrew Landry
(79 pts)
DNP DNP T15
(70)
T41
(9)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T75
(0)
DNP DNP
Ken Duke
(76.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP T9
(45)
DNP T69
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T3
(45)
DNP
Wes Roach
(74.33 pts)
T29
(21)
DNP DNP T18
(32)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T18
(21.33)
DNP DNP
Rob Oppenheim
(68.33 pts)
T10
(40)
DNP T37
(26)
T41
(9)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T71
(0)
Bryce Molder
(63 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP DNP T24
(17.33)
T12
(19)
DNP
Michael Kim
(59 pts)
T29
(21)
DNP DNP T16
(34)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T34
(10.67)
DNP T69
(0)
John Senden
(52.33 pts)
T29
(21)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T11
(26)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T41
(6)
CUT
(-5)
T17
(11)
Tim Wilkinson
(48.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T61
(0)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP T47
(2)
DNP DNP T4
(53.33)
DNP T11
(13)
Shawn Stefani
(45 pts)
T44
(6)
DNP DNP T9
(45)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T34
(10.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T72
(0)
CUT
(-3.33)
Sung Kang
(44.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T18
(64)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T34
(10.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Seung-Yul Noh
(43.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T7
(55)
DNP DNP DNP T42
(5.33)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP
Luke Guthrie
(38 pts)
T72
(0)
DNP DNP T12
(38)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 73
(0)
DNP DNP
Brett Stegmaier
(35 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T9
(45)
DNP DNP DNP T65
(0)
DNP DNP T66
(0)
DNP T71
(0)
Spencer Levin
(35 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T65
(0)
DNP DNP T57
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T4
(53.33)
CUT
(-5)
CUT
(-3.33)
Sam Saunders
(35 pts)
T21
(29)
DNP DNP T34
(16)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Tyrone Van Aswegen
(34 pts)
T57
(0)
DNP DNP T18
(32)
DNP DNP DNP T42
(5.33)
DNP DNP T63
(0)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Thomas Aiken
(33.33 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP T4
(80)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Abraham Ancer
(32.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP T18
(32)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T49
(0.67)
DNP DNP
John Merrick
(32 pts)
DNP DNP DNP T18
(32)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T63
(0)
DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the Barracuda Championship

Player Quicken Loans BMW Inter. U.S. Open FedEx St. Jude Lyoness Open Memorial Nordea Masters Dean & DeLuca Irish Open BMW PGA AT&T Nelson The Players Wells Fargo
Carlos Ortiz
(-58.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-20)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-5)
T65
(0)
Brendon Todd
(-38.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-5)
CUT
(-3.33)
Brendon De Jonge
(-36.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP T57
(0)
CUT
(-3.33)
Dicky Pride
(-36.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP
D.J. Trahan
(-36.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP
Greg Owen
(-35 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T79
(0)
CUT
(-5)
CUT
(-3.33)
Jeff Overton
(-31.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T58
(0)
CUT
(-5)
T65
(0)
Cameron Smith
(-30 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T59
(0)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Morgan Hoffmann
(-29.5 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T49
(0.5)
CUT
(-3.33)
Jason Gore
(-29 pts)
WD
(-5)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T48
(1.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-5)
T41
(3)

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

For many years many wondered on the viability of this event.  No top players in the field, an event that takes second stage over the Bridgestone.  In a way it’s a shame.  This was Finchem’s grand idea to keep the bottom-feeders off his back about limited field event.  Unfortunely it was a struggle, this event had always had sponsor problems and over the years the tour has sunk some cash to keep it alive.  But that is all over as the folks that ran this event found California base Barracuda Networks to sponsor the event through 2017.  This is a great thing for this event.

One of the reasons this event was kept alive was the love the players had for the place.  The weather is great, the course is great with players raving about it. Now in it’s 18th year, the field for this year’s Barracuda is good and we will have this event for a while.

Making this event very different is going to the Modified Stableford system which is a change of pace for a PGA Tour event.  With this change it’s gotten many more excited than a dozen other events that have big time sponsorship but struggle to get a good field.  I feel that more casual golf fans will tune in because it is totally different and fun to watch.

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at the Barracuda Championship:

Key stat for the winner:

Aggressive play, that’s the name of the game this week at the Barracuda Championship.  This will be the 4th year that the Barracuda (sounds strange, doesn’t it) has gone over to this scoring system making it one of the most distinctive events on the PGA Tour.  Along with the Accenture Match play, the two are the only tournaments on tour that aren’t stroke play events.  The modified version of the Stableford method is one that makes for a lot of excitement as points are awarded for low scoring and points taken away for poor scoring.  Nothing is given for par, with 2 points given for a birde, 5 points given for a eagle and for the rare double-eagle, 8 points.  For those that make a bogey they have to subtract 1 point and for a double bogey or worst 3 points are deducted.  So instead of the lowest number of strokes winning the tournament like the rest of the tour stops, the player making the most points wins.

Here are some more key stats to look to for this week:

  • Putting is always a key, you can’t make a lot of birdies without some decent putting.
  • Patience is a virtue, before Weather was always dodgy in August in the high country of Lake Tahoe and Reno.  But with the switch to June it won’t be as unstable in the afternoon.  According to the forecast, Friday could be bad but the weather will be perfect for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Judgement of yardage is key, in a way it’s always a challenge to hit the right club.  A 200 yard shot to the ninth green at Montreux is a bit of an adventure compared to a 200 yard shot at Torrey Pines.  With the attitude being so high a 200 yard shot could be an 8-iron at Montreux while the same shot at Torrey Pines could be a six or five iron.
  • Pick your holes to gamble on, there are several holes were par is the score you should look for and if a player tries to force the issue it could lead very easily to a double bogey.
  • Never give up, you never know when a holed fairway shot could lead to an birdie and 2 points.  A player could be ten points down with nine holes left to play and can make up the difference very quickly.
  • The winner will be the player that hit’s it a ton, makes lot’s of eagles and birdies and finds a way to not make worst than a double on any hole.
  • Interesting to look at the winners of the International, a tournament that was played between 1986 and 2006 and used the same Stableford system.  Some of the marquee names of winners of the International were Phil Mickelson (twice), Greg Norman, David Toms, Jose Maria Olazabal, Brad Faxon, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Davis Love III (twice).

Who to watch for at the Barracuda Championship

Best Bets:

Gary Woodland

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
Win

Hits it a ton, has played this event once and won so it’s easy to see who the favorite is.

Brendan Steele

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T7 T25 4 T8

He is 13th in driving distance and 52nd in par breakers so look for him to do very well this week. Colt Knost

Best of the rest:

Jon Rahm

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Played great in his professional debut at Congressional, with his tour card on the line and very little time to get it look for him to play great this week and be in contention.

Martin Laird

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T6 T2 T4

Watch him has three top-6s in his three starts.

Kyle Reifers

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
2 T73

Can’t forget the runner-up from last year, he is 116th in driving distance and 49th in par breakers.

Ricky Barnes

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T18 T8 62 T21 CUT

Has played well in this event, 99th in driving distance and 70th in par breakers.

Solid contenders

Andres Romero

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
WD T27 T2 3 CUT

Has struggled this year coming into this event only making five cuts in 14 starts, but he has a good record in this event.

Steve Flesch

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T7 T21 CUT T3 T31 T34 Win

Another of those players that do well in this event and loves to play in it.

Rod Pampling

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T29 5 T26 T54 T18 T21 8

Hit’s it long and has not played terribly this year.

Geoff Ogilvy

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
CUT Win

This event saved his career two years ago, he would love to do it again.

Long shots that could come through:

Patrick Rodgers

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
3 T39

Was 3rd last year.

Seung-Yul Noh

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T7 T31

Looking to get back into the winning frame of mind again, was T-7th in this event in 2013.

Justin Hicks

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
2 T26 CUT

Was runner-up in this event in 2014.

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